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Dragon Haven – Robin Hobb

Draco ex machina.

Stars: Four out of five.

Review format: Brief review plus links.
Summary: In this sequel to Dragon Keeper:
For years now the dragons have been trapped on a swampy riverbank between forest and river, hungry and barely alive, reliant on humans to provide for them.

With their survival at stake, fifteen dragons—among them the wise golden Mercor, the haughty and dazzling silver-blue queen Sintara, and the delicate copper beauty Relpda—have set off on a dangerous trek into the unknown, up the Rain Wild River, in hopes of rediscovering the ancient Elderling city of Kelsingra, the lost haven for dragons and Elderlings alike. The dragons are accompanied by a disparate group of human keepers, rejects from Rain Wild society. They, too, yearn to find Kelsingra and create a home of their own, one in which they may make their own rules and decide their own fate. But is Kelsingra real or merely a fragment of a glorified past buried deep in the dragons’ shared memories? No map exists to guide them, and the noble creatures find their ancient recollections of little use in a land changed by generations of flooding and seismic chaos.

As the dragons, the humans—including the strong and defiant Rain Wild girl Thymara; the wealthy dragon scholar and Trader’s wife, Alise; and her companion, the urbane Sedric—and their magical supply barge, captained by the gruff Leftrin, forge their way ever deeper into uncharted wilderness, human and beast alike discover they are changing in mysterious and dangerous ways. While the bonds between them solidify, starvation, flashfloods, and predators will imperil them all. But dragons and humans soon learn that the most savage threats come from within their own company . . . and not all of them may survive.

(quoted from goodreads)
Provenance: Borrowed from the local library.

Dragon Haven – delivers on the promise laid out in the first volume of the Rain Wilds Chronicles, Dragon Keeper. Four stars. Yay.Robin Hobb:  Finally. A Robin Hobb book I can enjoy, without missing out on backstory from ‘part one’.

I am writing up this review many months later than my reading… so this is a short one. Yes, that’s all. Onwards with the links!

Linkage, Spoilage, and many Quibbles below

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Pern’s Dragonriders to Be Turned Into a Movie? here’s hoping

Ah, Dragonflight.  Pern.  I was a huge, huge, huge fan of the two original Pern trilogies when I was 13 or 14 years old.  My original copies (with the same covers as those shown there) are awfully battered and brittle.

These books really captured my imagination – very visually. I hope the movie project makes it to the big screen!

Hopefully ‘Pern’ fans can look forward to some glorious CGI-dragon-love gracing movie theaters over the next few years. [[[[[[_____and also…_____]]]]]

By the time the plot is said and done there is sci-fi, fantasy, heavy doses of politics and romance, and even time travel.

In some ways the early Pern books were to dragons and fantasy what the early Anne Rice Lestat books were to vampires.

This is expensive, epic, effects-heavy stuff that also requires more than a buff placeholder cast to pull off. It’s not quite like trying to adapt Dune, but it might not be too far off, either.

via Novel ‘Dragonriders of Pern’ to Be Turned Into a Movie – The Moviefone Blog and David Hayter Adapting Anne McCafferey’s First ‘Dragonriders of Pern’ Novel (

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Dragonhaven – Robin McKinley


Here be dragons... eventually

Dragonhaven: this young adult novel by Robin McKinley is most memorable for its perfect conversational narrative voice of a young man who goes through a literally mind-bending experience. Plot summary from the book jacket:

Jake lives with his scientist father at the Makepeace Institute of Dragon Studies in Smokehill National Park. Smokehill is home to about two hundred of the few remaining draco australiensis, which is extinct in the wild.

There are five million acres of the Smokehill wilderness, and the dragons rarely show themselves. Jake’s never seen one except deep in the park, and at a distance. But then, on his first overnight solo in the park, he meets a dragon – and she is dying.  More than that, she has just given birth, and one of the babies is still alive….

Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?  Well, when you open the book, this is not the story you find, not for dozens or scores upon scores of  pages. Warning – the pace is ‘leisurely’. I joked before about there being no Ghostpig in the first few pages of this book: well, not even in the first half of the book.

It’s a narrative approach that stretched my patience almost to snapping. The timeframe starts when Jake has already survived the life-altering experience, and now is struggling to write down its story. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hands of Flame – C.E. Murphy

Amazon of "Hands of Flame (The Negotiator,...

Cover of Hands of Flame (The Negotiator, Book 3)

Hands of Flame is the final book in the Negotiator trilogy started with Heart of Stone.

It wraps up some important threads in the topic regarding the four main characters, and provides closure overall.

It’s competently written and fairly fun.  3/5 *

Hands of Flame did not seem to have the internal momentum that House of Cards or even the first book did…

Janx and Eliseo find out whatever happened to their lost love; Grit steps into more cross-race tensions; and there’s a lovely explosion down at the docks.  We find out that Grace o’Malley is both more and less than she seems (how’s that for cryptic and non-spoiler).

What OUGHT to happen next…

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